Trump celebrates GOP gains, threatens House Democrats

The Latest Abrams vows to wait for all the votes in Georgia

But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a "blue wave" that never fully materialized.

But Republican voter James Gerlock, 27, said he wanted to see more of the soaring economic growth that Trump says is the fruit of his business-friendly policies. But blue-collar voters and rural America embraced his aggressive talk and stances.

If they do win control of the House, Democrats will try to harden United States policy toward Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea, while maintaining the status quo on hot-button areas like China and Iran.

But the Democrats' edge is narrow.

Opinion polls and nonpartisan forecasters generally show Democrats with a strong chance of taking the 23 additional seats they would need for a majority in the House of Representatives, which they could use to launch investigations into Trump's administration and block his legislative agenda.

Trump was expected to address the results at a post-election news conference scheduled for midday Wednesday. He lauded his party for winning at least half the 10 seats they were defending in states Trump carried and preventing Republicans from capturing a filibuster-proof majority.

Many Democratic candidates in tight races shied away from harsh criticism of Trump, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining health insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens. It wasn't clear what "leaks" he was referring to.

Pelosi said the election Tuesday was about more than Republicans and Democrats.

The GOP's successes were fueled by a coalition that's decidedly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have college degrees.

Even passing many bills will be hard for the Senate. She was among the record number of women running this year.

Among the new faces are Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress; and Sharice Davids of Kansas, the first Native American woman to win a House seat. Long lineups formed throughout the day in New Hampshire, Georgia, Texas and elsewhere, while other districts reported unprecedented levels of voter interest - Democrat campaign workers at one northern Virginia location cited a 63 per cent spike in interest over previous years.

Overall, women voted considerably more in favor of congressional Democratic candidates - with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for Republicans, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 115,000 voters and about 20,000 nonvoters - conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

For Democrats, the road to the 218-seat majority ran through the two dozen suburban districts Clinton won and through swaths of Trump country in the Rust Belt and heartland where voters backed the president two years ago. Potential 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls who seemed certain to win included Vermont independent Bernie Sanders and New York's Kirsten Gillibrand.

True to form, both sides declared victory.

Overall, more voters disapproved of Trump's job performance than approved - a finding that is largely consistent with recent polling.

And in Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids beat a GOP incumbent to become the first Native American and gay woman elected to the House. But in Kentucky, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr.

U.S. stocks opened flat on Tuesday as investors awaited the election results. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Missouri's Claire McCaskill went down to defeat.

Some hurt worse than others.

Two Miami-Dade County House seats turned Democrat on Tuesday, as Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell won their races.

Trump blamed the political vitriol on election season. Almost 4 in 10 said they were casting ballots to express opposition to him, while just 1 in 4 said their vote was an expression of support.

"It's all fragile", he said on the call.

Trump said in an interview with Sinclair Broadcasting on Monday that he wished he had a softer tone during his first two years in office - even as he continued his relentless attacks on political rivals.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

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